Oh WOW! Dats a lot of writing Eowyn. Well Done! Very detailed & organized! I actually dont like to talk about it, but just 1-2 times, I think it's ok. I can add to fully conscious OBE. As you are drowsy, you lay on your bed, you can see a copy of your body, but transparent floating few cm off from your physical body; ppl call it astral/ erheric body As you realize that the seperation takes place, when you look up above you, you will see beautiful dust & circles of very bright lights, initially they fly in circulation above you slowly, then you will see them move faster, and finally super fast that creates wind, strong wind. It keeps circulating & move towards your body, it's like a tornado ready to drag you out of your body. As it circulating towards your body, when the wind touches your etheric body, you have the sensation of like earthquake, like you are floating, trembling, you hear the sound of the fast wind moving fast in circulation til you hear super loud noise like "ngiiiiiiiiiiiiiig" as if you are about to get deaf because of it. You will feel the wind movement stronger, as it completely has your etheric body, you feel that you are getting sucked/vacuumed out of your body thru your head crown. Next will b different experiences, depends on personal situation & conditions: - see body laying on bed - find yourself somewhere - you see old memories - you see past lives - you see future - you see your desired future (not necessary will take place, unless u try to create it) - you see mind cinema/ mind images - you hear voices - you see creatures (fantasy) - you see scary ones - you see spirits - you see shadow elements, etc. When you go back to your physical body: -some consciously go back, you feel exactly same as u went out, but it's like pressing in to unite, feel floating, super strong vibration with different sensation like as if you have a electrical shortcut & tingling at same moment, your head got shaken like crazy, but finally all calms down -some abruptly due to fear & often lead to sleep paralysis. Anyhow, it is said not to AP before you can control your mind thru mindful meditation. Any phsycic phenomenas are only hindrance to reach blissful mind. Thus, we shall not attach to the experience. That's why guru encouraged not to talk about it, it will create attachments & karmas Note: when you fully experience OBE consciously, you know what to do when you die. What you experience, face or see during OBE, will be the same as when you are at bardo/intermediate state after u died. If u r mindful, you can control all emotions & free yourself from attachment, you will be liberated & attain entlightment where karmas no longer will affect u, coz u just free yourself from the karma chain. In fact, if u wonder why we reborn? It's because we fail to do above, so we have to go back until we learn them & attain enlightment to enter nirvana. However, as enlightened being, you may choose to take reincarnation again or not. You can choose exact place you wanna be reborn, even before you die, not AFTER you die, normally for selfless purposes only, or else you fail. Note: As about the attacks, it was our auto mechanism of our ego to protect itself, the brain translate our fear to its randomness, if currently u r afraid of specific animals, it will appear so before you. If u were terifying because of death in family, fear of loss, attachment to them & worriness, you might see skeleton, death creatures, demon, spirits, etc. Coz that's how our brain translate the degree of our fear, so u must overcome your fear & not to get attached to the fear sensation nor scary images. That's why enlightment is aint easy, you must really mindful & successfully detach to your likings & neg emotions.